National Federation of Republican Women
October 18, 2012
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Democrat Efforts to Vilify Romney's
'Binders Full of Women' Comment Show Desperation

Romney Demonstrates Impressive Record of Hiring Women for High-Level Positions

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Rae Lynne Chornenky, president of the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW), issued the following statement regarding efforts by Democrats, following the Tuesday presidential debate, to malign Mitt Romney's response to a debate question in which he gave an account of his initiative, as governor of Massachusetts, to hire qualified women for top-level cabinet positions.

“Out of sheer desperation, Democrats are doing their best to manufacture a controversy surrounding the phrase 'binders full of women' because recent polls show they are losing women voters in droves,” Chornenky says. “Governor Romney has a stellar record of hiring women for top positions in state government, and the Obama campaign and Democrats cannot deny this. So, in an effort to change the subject, they zero in on an innocuous phrase and try to repackage it as something sexist and offensive. This is essentially what they have been trying to do all year with the so-called 'war on women,' and it simply isn't working. Women voters aren't buying it.

“On the issue of equity in the workplace for women, President Obama has failed to lead by example. Earlier this year, we learned that the Obama White House paid its female employees an average of 18 percent less than its male employees in 2011. Former Obama aides have come forward claiming that the 'good ol' boy network' is alive and well at the White House, with President Obama neglecting to bring women into his inner circle of advisers. Questions about pay inequities at the Obama campaign and at the Democrat National Committee have also surfaced. How's that for equity?”

Founded in 1938, the NFRW has thousands of active members in local clubs across the nation and in several U.S. territories, making it one of the largest women’s political organizations in the country. The grassroots organization works to promote the principles and objectives of the Republican Party, elect Republican candidates, inform the public through political education and activity, and increase the effectiveness of women in the cause of good government.

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